Newsmakers the Week of August 28, 2014


A prominent local philanthropist as well as movie producer has a new film on his January docket while another producer, rooted in Melrose Park, takes home an Emmy Award; and an accomplished area cosmetic breast surgeon tries his hand at the World Championship in Knife and Axe Throwing in Europe.

Sidney Kimmel, a prominent philanthropist and namesake of the performing arts center in Center City, has a movie project on his agenda in his role as producer: The Age of Adaline, starring Harrison Ford and Blake Lively, due to be released on Jan. 15.

Susan W. Marks, past director of institutional advancement for the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy and, prior to that, director of development for the Perelman Jewish Day School, has been named vice president of institutional advancement for the Klein JCC.

Dr. Ted Eisenberg, director of the East Coast Center for Cosmetic Breast Surgery in Philadelphia, is now in Brittany, France, as part of the American team taking part in the World Championship in Knife and Axe Throwing. Eisenberg, who co-authored The Scoop on Breasts with his wife, Joyce — who is joining him on the team — has won many past competitions in knife-throwing.

Producer Jonathan E. Steinberg, who hails from Melrose Park, had his TV series, Black Sails, take home a couple of golden statuettes in the Creative Arts Emmy Awards presentation held recently. Black Sails, shown by Starz, takes place prior to the adventures set forth in Treasure Island; the cable series is filmed in South Africa.

Wynnewood native and breast-cancer survivor Geralyn Lucas has authored Then Came Life: Living With Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer, coming out this October. The U of P grad previously wrote Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, the source for a Lifetime movie, which earned an Emmy Award nomination. Lucas, 45, underwent a mastectomy 18 years ago. She is the daughter of Harvey and Barbara Weiner.

Harold Goldman, former president of Jewish Family and Children’s Service, joins Suzanne Levy Polikoff, long active in leadership roles with the agency, and Dr. Michael Glassner, a major force behind the JFCS fertility fund, in being honored at the organization's 31st annual benefit, “Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future,” on Nov. 13 at Vie on North Broad Street.

Starting Sept. 2, Sahar Oz assumes the position of programming director at the Gershman Y in Center City. His most recent position was at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, where he was director of Judaic programming.

HIAS, the international migration and refugee resettlement agency, will fete Amy Laura Cahn, Rabbi Linda Potemken and the agency Taller Puertorriqueno at its annual luncheon next month.

Philly’s Andy Snitzer, internationally acclaimed sax player and recording artist, is set for a tour of Australia in February with Sting and Paul Simon, to be followed by that monthlong tour with another concert engagement starring the rock icons in Europe.


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